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Portsmouth’s African Burying Ground: In Honor of Those Forgotten

Literary History

Milford’s Harriet E. Wilson: A Woman of Fortitude and Resilience

Let Freedom Ring

Canaan: A Brief History Of An Integrated School

A Free Man of Prominence

Amos Fortune purchased his freedom at the age of 60 and moved to Jaffrey to start his business

Out of the Shadows

Granite State Glee Club Introduces Jazz and Blues to a New Generation

Celebrating A People's History Of Resilience, Versatility & Courage

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2018 Lenten Program, art by Daniel Minter, Veterans of Hope

2018 Lenten Program

The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire is honored to partner with the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire to offer a collection of short readings on little known historic figures from New Hampshire’s African American community for the Episcopalians’ 2018 Lenten Program, beginning Ash Wednesday, February 14.

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Gill joins panel for ‘Sites of Memory’ talk Feb. 18

PORTSMOUTH – On Sunday, Feb. 18, nationally known graphic artist Joel Christian Gill will join panelists state Senator David Watters and independent scholar Eric Aldrich for the Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talk titled “Sites of Memory: Reconstructing the Past.” In keeping with this year’s theme of Memory and Remembrance, the talk will explore the history, meaning and relevance of historic memorials, including those that have recently been the subject of contentious debate. Joel Christian Gill, recently seen on WMUR Chronicle,…

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2018 Lenten Program, art by Daniel Minter, Veterans of Hope

Reflecting and repenting this Lent

Seacoastonline News. Article by Anne Arnold, February 11, 2018 As we celebrate Black History Month during the month of February, and begin the solemn Christian tradition of Lent (the 40 weekdays leading up to Easter), the Episcopal Church of the Diocese of New Hampshire has started a program in partnership with the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire for 2018 that links both these commemorations into one. For this Lenten observance, the Diocese tasked parishioners to commit to learning about…

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Register now for Richard Potter Event

Join author John Hodgson and living history performance Robert Olson  as they shares their work on one of the most captivating personalities in the history of his craft, Richard Potter. This event will also offer a guided backstage tour of Portsmouth Music Hall and a book signing with author John Hodgson. Apart from a handful of exotic and almost completely unreliable tales surrounding his life, Richard Potter is mostly unknown today. Two hundred years ago he was the most popular entertainer in…

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Tea Talks: How we remember

By Anne Arnold

Every society has its collective memories. The U.S. has, among others, Washington and the cherry tree, Paul Revere’s ride, and Benjamin Franklin’s inventions. The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire’s annual event, the Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks, is a series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s hidden history of people of color. This year the series will explore how memory is shaped and how it operates to create a value system even if what is collectively remembered deviates from facts.

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Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail joins statewide group

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, previously merged with the Portsmouth Historical Society, has a new home.

The carefully researched walking trail originally designed by historian Valerie Cunningham is now part of a newly formed statewide nonprofit organization.

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On MLK Day, a call for justice

By Hadley Barndollar PORTSMOUTH — As Dr. King once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Those honoring the civil rights leader’s life Monday chose justice. The annual breakfast and celebration held by the Seacoast NAACP graced South Church in Portsmouth this year with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy on display, contrasted with the present day use of what speakers called divisive, xenophobic language from the highest office in the United…

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Richard Potter book

Richard Potter, America’s First Black Celebrity

New Book: Richard Potter, America’s First Black Celebrity
The first full-length biography of formerly famous ventriloquist Richard Potter will be published in February 2018. Author John A. Hodgson offers a deeply researched study of the nation’s first professional magician and “America’s First Black Celebrity” who owned land at “Potter’s Place” in New Hampshire and frequently performed in Portsmouth.

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Ona Judge: The slave who ran away from George Washington

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Stepping off a boat in a New Hampshire port in 1796, 22-year-old Ona Judge was on the run from the family of President George Washington. Judge, who was born into slavery and served Martha Washington for most of her young life, had slipped away from the president’s official residence when the capital was in Philadelphia and boarded a ship as the Washingtons prepared to return to their plantation house in Mount Vernon, Virginia. With a $10…

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Thomas Hooker to Receive Citizen of the Year Award

DURHAM, NH – Thomas L. Hooker of Nashua, a long-time federal and state human services administrator, will be honored at the Black New England Conference Friday, Oct. 20 at the University of New Hampshire with the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire Citizen of the Year Award. Jim Donchess, the mayor of Nashua will present the award.

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